Vale Hosts Dance Workshops By West End Stars

Vale, together with Spring Vale Methodist Church and St James’ Primary School, welcomed some of the biggest names from the dance world through their doors including Carrie Ellis who has been starring in West End shows such as Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof and Cats for 37 years.

Carrie was joined by fellow professionals Martin Dutton, Olivia Higham and Craig Wharmby who all delivered a variety of workshops throughout the weekend as well as a showcase and bursary award scheme where £400 was given away to the winners. The workshops focused on musicals such as The Lion King and Cats and a variety of dance styles including such as ballet and street dance.

Organiser and town councillor Vicky Rothwell said that the weekend was “sensational” and she could not believe the amount of talent that Darwen had. She said: “If I had to use one word to describe the weekend it would be sensational, the talent in this town is absolutely outstanding. We have had people coming from Chorley and Preston and all over the county and I’d say we’ve had well over 2,000 people involved from little kids, boys and girls, right through to people in their 40s.

“I’d like to thank Darwen Vale, St James’ School and Spring Vale for having us and to Action Factory Arts as well for working with the children. Roll on 2017.”

Courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph. Full story